If you are considering representing yourself in a Civil matter, this section will help you understand your obligations, follow our processes, and find the documents and resources you need.
Most people who choose to represent themselves are either not able to afford a lawyer or want to exercise their legal rights and represent themselves. This page provides information to assist you in deciding how to manage your dispute.
If you choose to start your case in the County Court of Victoria, this page will provide you with information on what steps to take.
You have been served with a writ or originating motion. This page will provide you with information on what you need to do to defend your case.
Serving your court documents on other parties is an important part of your case. It makes sure that all parties to a case have all the documents that they need to prepare their case. Different types of documents may require you to serve the other party in a certain way.
The Court can make a final order against you if you do not file documents within time limits, such as a notice of appearance or a defence. This is called a default judgment. If a default judgment has been made against you, you can apply to have it set aside so you can defend the case.
Before your case goes to trial there are pre-trial steps that you will need to take to make sure your case is ready for trial.
This page provides information about the types of court hearings you will have before you get to trial.
Discovery is the process where the person starting the case and the person defending the case share all the documents that are relevant to the case with each other.
The trial is the final hearing. The parties or their lawyers will present their case to the Judge and/or jury, witnesses are called to give evidence and the Judge will make a final decision.
A subpoena is a legal document you may ask the court to issue to require a person to provide documents, attend court to give evidence, or both provide documents and come to court.
A judgment is the final decision made in a case. In certain cases a party may be required to enforce the final decision.
A corporation (or company) will need to be represented by a solicitor, unless special circumstances apply.
This pages provides a list of people and places that are available to help you manage, prepare and run your case.